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School of Music

The Ottawa Folklore Centre Music School

The Ottawa Folklore Centre has been teaching music in Ottawa for over 35 years – with over 35 teachers, private and group lessons year-round, and a multitude of programs available in almost every musical style conceivable. We have established educational connections with some of Ottawa’s largest festivals, integrating educational components that include instrument-based ‘learn to play’ workshops, lecture-style sessions, as well as dance and kid-focused events. The Folklore Centre is also in local community centres integrating with their weekly programs, supporting special needs programs, and the list goes on. There is something for everyone at the OFC.

To see more details about specific courses, click on an instructor (at right) or view the courses page. When you’re ready to sign up, call the school desk after 2pm during the week, 9:30am-5pm on Saturday, or 12pm -5pm Sunday at 613-730-2887 ext 3, send us an email, or stop by the store anytime. See all upcoming group lessons in our calendar.


Private instruction

The Ottawa Folklore Centre specializes in one-on-one instruction which we believe is an effective way to learn to play a musical instrument. The student progresses at a self-determined pace and skills can be taught in an order reflecting individual goals and taste. We ask that our students make a commitment with their instructor for at least four lessons at a time for private instruction. With the exception of group lessons, all students must be a member of the OFC which is a one-time lifetime charge of $30 (plus HST). Feel free to browse the teachers below.

Private : $22.00 per 1/2 hour | Semi-private : $16 per 1/2 hour

Please note new fee structure here as of Sept 1/2011.


Group instruction

Group lessons traditionally run in September, January and April and are arguably one of the best ways to get introduced to a new instrument and meet new people. All registration deadlines are two days before the start of the course. Registration is final with absolutely no refunds with the exception of a course that is cancelled due to low enrollment. When you’re ready to sign up, call the school desk after 2pm during the week, 9:30am-5pm on Saturday, or 12pm -5pm Sunday at 613-730-2887 ext 3, or stop by the store anytime.

Ongoing and upcoming classes

Click here to see all ongoing and upcoming classes!

Instructors | Enseignants

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Reach us | Nous joindre

  • Ottawa Folklore Centre
    1111 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4
    613.730-2887 | 1-800-385-FOLK (3655)

Hours | Heures

  • Monday-Friday  10 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday  12:00pm-5:00pm

Newsletter | Bulletin